Iron Industry Museum to host annual antique car show on Father’s Day

NEGAUNEE – The Michigan Iron Industry Museum will host “Iron, Steel and the Automobile,” its 25th annual antique auto exhibit on Father’s Day, June 15.

The exhibit offers fun and entertainment for everyone young and old, with live jazz and swing music, more than 50 vintage vehicles, food concessions, ice cream and a one-act comedy performance. The exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

Celebrating the vital connection between the region’s iron mining industry and the steel of the automobile is the focus of the event. The link between iron and the automobile has spanned more than a century and is central to the rich history of the Great Lakes State. The auto show also offers visitors the opportunity to see many rare and classic cars in one place.

All vehicles featured in the exhibit were manufactured between 1900 and 1969 and are either in original or restored-to-original condition.

Event attendees can expect to see numerous Model A’s, Model T’s, touring cars and pickup trucks. Among these will be a Sears and Roebuck 1909 Sears J, owned by Dick Lutey of Marquette; a 1924 Ford touring car, with its camping trailer, owned by Greg and Joanne Lindstrom of Marquette; a 1929 Chevrolet Imperial sedan owned by Kathleen and Jorma Lankinen of Marquette; and a 1948 Chrysler DeSoto owned by Forrest Libby of Marquette. The exhibit also will include the 1900 American Metropolitan horse-drawn, steam-powered fire pump from the Michigamme Historical Society.

The centerpiece of the museum event is a 1929 Ford Model A sport coupe donated by the late John Maitland, and now a permanent addition to the museum’s exhibits. After a production run of 19 years, the Ford Motor Company replaced its reliable but plain Model T, affectionately called “Tin Lizzie,” with the Model A. Introduced in 1927, the “new Ford” brought style, integrity and performance to American roads and, as popular song lyrics noted, made “a lady out of Lizzie.” Sporting a 4-cylinder engine, the Model A could reach a top speed of 65 mph. In 1929, it cost less than $600 or about $6,800 in today’s dollars.

Jazz and swing-era music from the 1940s and 1950s will be provided by the Bluffs Orchestra of Chassell. The Next Generation Barbershop Quartet, from Escanaba, also will tour the grounds during the event. At 1:30 p.m., a program in the auditorium will feature “Good Neighbors,” a one-act comedy about two couples traveling to the Upper Peninsula from Chicago in the 1950s.

Food concessions will be provided by Teaching Family Homes. Event-goers can grab a sweet treat for dessert from the ice cream truck that will be on the grounds.

The Iron, Steel and the Automobile antique auto show offers free museum admission and suggests a $3 per-car parking donation to offset the cost of the event, which is sponsored by the museum advisory board.

The museum entrance is located on U.S. 41 E about 1 mile west of Junction M-35 in Negaunee Township.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is one of 11 nationally accredited museums administered by the Michigan Historical Center, an agency within the Department of Natural Resources. For more information about registering a vehicle for the auto show or other events and programs, call 475-7857 or visit www.michigan.gov/ironindustrymuseum.

For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.